Panasonic LUMIX GX8 + Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro, ISO 200, 6s, f/16

This week’s picture is a close-up of a walnut and its reflection in black plexiglass. It is the product of some experiments with light. The quality of the light falling on the subject very much influences the look of the picture. Essentially, the size, position, and temperature of the light source(s) determine the light quality. I used a small desk lamp to produce very directional light from the right side and an empty egg shell to diffuse it. A white cup was used as a reflector to fill the shadows on the left. The directional light nicely emphasizes the structures on the nut’s surface and adds character to the picture.

It was fun to shoot this picture with absolutely no photo equipment except the camera. I used what was available in my kitchen and just got creative to produce the conditions for the exposure.